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Scrivens gets to play for the Oilers, his childhood team

Jan 15, 2014, 8:38 PM EDT

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Despite good-to-great play, Ben Scrivens finds himself on his third team in 12 months after being traded to the Edmonton Oilers. As he mentioned in an interview 630 CHED’s Reid Wilkins, those experiences highlighted to the pending free agent that this is ultimately a business … but a pretty fun one, in that.

It doesn’t hurt to play for the team you cheered for as a kid, as Scrivens regaled in stories of the scrappy 90’s Oilers teams that pushed the Dallas Stars and Detroit Red Wings as underdogs in playoff series.

“Growing up around Edmonton, that was my team growing up, so it’s going to be fun to throw on that jersey and play for that logo,” Scrivens said.

The natural question is: how long will Scrivens get to wear that logo, though? Oilers GM Craig MacTavish seems open-minded, yet also noted to the Canadian Press that this begins as a trial.

“We really felt for everybody it was a time for change with Devan [Dubnyk],” MacTavish said. “It gives us an opportunity to bring in another goalie in Ben Scrivens who’s had, statistically, a very good season so far, and gives us an opportunity to have a pretty good look at him going forward here from now to the end of the year to see where he possibly could fit in to our longer-term goaltending plan.”

It doesn’t hurt that Scrivens, 27, has plenty of experience playing for the Toronto Marlies with current Oilers head coach Dallas Eakins.

Scrivens’ former teammate Joffrey Lupul points out that the underrated netminder has a positive disposition under many circumstances, which might be worthwhile consider all that movement and a severe weather change from sunny Los Angeles to … not sunny Edmonton.

“Scrivy, he’s a good guy and it doesn’t matter if it’s minus-30, he’ll still be smiling,” Lupul said.

Unfortunately Mrs. Scrivens might not be quite as happy in the cold, but ultimately, it’s an opportunity for the goalie to continue to prove himself. Even if that means wearing another logo in the near future.

  1. killhowe - Jan 15, 2014 at 8:43 PM

    Bryz, Scrivens > Dubnyk, Labarbara. It’s a minor upgrade, but it’s better than what the Oilers had.

  2. storminator16 - Jan 15, 2014 at 9:07 PM

    If I had to rank all pieces considered in the Oilers “Blame Game”, I think Oilers goalies are at the bottom of the totem pole. Furthermore, I’m not sure how these moves for Hendricks & Scrivens actually help the Oilers. Hendricks’ contract is terri-bad for a 4th line player. On playoff bound teams who need to fill holes, these moves would be awesome. However, these moves add to the hole when your team is headed in the opposite direction.

    There has to be more coming.

    • ray2013 - Jan 16, 2014 at 12:49 AM

      Well….Dubnyk & Labarbara open the season with a sub .900 save %. They maybe deserve a little blame.

      Dubnyk played well the last two years, but to start the season he was the worst of his career, and he had to go. As for Hendricks, the local Edmonton opinion that I’ve heard so far is that to trade some players, you have to be willing to take on bad contracts.. It’s not like the Oilers were right against the cap, and we can expect the cap to go up this year. So in a year or two, maybe this doesn’t look as bad. But the Oilers have needed grit in the bottom six for sometime, so maybe Hendricks can provide that.

      The Oilers haven’t had decent starting goalie since their fluky run to the Cup, where Roloson played phenomenally. That’s some time ago. So if Scrivens can be a better than average goalie, the Oilers will be happy (and yes, I agree, that’s sad).

      • storminator16 - Jan 16, 2014 at 2:16 PM

        Oilers defensemen gets no blame. Check. Oilers management gets no blame. Check.

  3. mlhegs - Jan 16, 2014 at 12:03 AM

    Two seasons ago Kevin Lowe was quoted as saying that the Oilers Management (Him and Tambi) “Knew they were not going to make the playoffs” and he was right! What a Genius! Now we have the new GM, Mr Action Man” writing off this season as a trial period “to see where he possibly could fit in to our longer-term goaltending plan.” Cause he can’t and may never have been intending to make the playoffs again.

  4. areaman714 - Jan 16, 2014 at 3:21 AM

    The kings coaches asked Scrivens to play right wing . . . he said no . . . they sent him to Siberia . . . .

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